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A curated roundup of the best new fashion arrivals, hand-picked by our editors

Clockwise from top left: black jacket, Loewe; lime-green tote, Bottega Veneta; pearl earrings, Mateo; Idan Oil, Liha; pants, Tove; shearling slides, ATP Atelier; sneakers, On; woven leather shoulder bag, Chloé; ring, Almasika; patchwork sweater, Gabriela Hearst

Since the pandemic began, many of us have been united in our seeming inability to grasp the passage of time. Without the usual road marks of festivals, big wedding celebrations and birthday parties to break up the year, “Where has the time gone?” has become an all too familiar refrain. However, with lockdown restrictions loosening worldwide and international travel suddenly back on the agenda, we’ve found ourselves hurtling towards what could be a more ‘normal’ holiday season this year. And what better excuse to update your after-hours look than the prospect of finally celebrating and reuniting with family and friends?

Of course, chances are you’ve become quite accustomed to prioritizing comfort, so the key to mastering party season this year is to combine that sense of ease with polish. Case in point, Loewe’s exquisite fringed evening jacket. Striking the balance between elegant and effortless, you can shrug this on over a slip dress, cigarette pants or even straight-leg jeans. Similarly, statement accessories can instantly elevate any outfit, so when impromptu plans arise, you’ll always be prepared. Whether you’re drawn to Bottega Veneta’s and Chloé’s must-have handbags or fine jewelry by the likes of Almasika and Mateo, these chic additions can turn any daytime look into a viable after-dark option.

However, party season aside, many women are already in the process of trying to reconnect with their personal style. Whether you are trying to remember what you wore day-to-day before loungewear became your uniform, or just feel like experimenting with something new, embrace joyful pieces that promise to boost your mood. For junior market editor Abbi Minchin, Gabriela Hearst’s beautiful knits are perfect for pulling any woman out of a fashion funk. Which is why, when this patchwork sweater landed on NET-A-PORTER last week, she was quick to snap it up.

“This season, Gabriela Hearst’s focus on artisanal craft was more apparent than ever. Hand-spun knits in all iterations took center stage – chief among them, this wonderful patchwork sweater. As we all continue to find our feet in post-pandemic life, staying on top of trends without relinquishing the comfort we have come to enjoy can be a struggle, but this statement sweater effortlessly combines fashion and form. I’ll be styling mine with jeans and sneakers to ensure this trophy knit is the star of the show.”

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